Spirit of the Southwest Motorcycle Tour | An Epic American Dual Sport Adventure
Day 1 - Arrival in Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, known as the "Entertainment Capital of the World," is home to an array of attractions including world-class restaurants, live performances, and grandiose casinos.
While we encourage you to experience all that the city has to offer, remember to reserve some energy for an early start the next day. Las Vegas will be waiting for your return.
Day 2 - Las Vegas, NV to Kanab, UT
As soon as we depart the city, we'll take the quickest route to our first destination: the stunning Grand Canyon National Park.
With over 6 million visitors each year, it's one of the most popular natural attractions in the world. But instead of battling the crowds, we've planned an epic off-road journey to a less known remote and breathtaking view of the Grand Canyon, free from the crowds.
We'll be staying in the charming town of Kanab, known as Utah's "Little Hollywood" for its film-worthy western scenery. While it has a small town feel, Kanab offers a range of restaurants and shops to explore.
Day 3 - Kanab, UT to Torrey, UT
Just when you think it can't get more epic than the Grand Canyon, we'll take you to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument on the second day of riding. This land of rugged beauty is so remote that it was the last unexplored plot of land in the lower 48 states. The Earth's crust rises in a series of great cliff faces, forming an enormous staircase that reaches an elevation of 11,000 feet. You'll be amazed by the maze of colorful cliffs, plateaus, canyons, and arches that make up this geological wonder.
After a lunch stop in the town of Escalante, we'll traverse a vertiginous "Hogsback" of pavement over the slot canyons of the Escalante. Then, test your road skills on the twists and turns of Boulder Pass, with its stunning 100-mile views of the desert below. Don't miss this opportunity to explore one of the most beautiful and remote regions in the United States.
Day 4 - Torrey, UT to Moab, UT
Marvel at the majesty of the Waterpocket Fold as we explore Capitol Reef National Park.
This park is home to a wealth of sandstone monuments and Native American petroglyphs, as well as a well-preserved ghost town. Our route will take us along the Fremont River through a dream-like canyon and onto a desert landscape that looks like it could be the surface of the moon. We'll then descend into the scorching red and desolate San Rafael before ending the day in the legendary adventure sports resort town of Moab, Utah. Here, we'll watch the sun set behind the silhouetted arches of Arches National Park.
Day 5 - FREE DAY, Moab, UT
Take a break or indulge in high adventure on our free day in Moab, Utah, the largest city in southeastern Utah.
During peak seasons, Moab attracts adventure seekers from all over the world who come to hike in one of its two national parks, climb on its sandstone towers, jump off its cliff faces, raft down the Colorado River, or test their vehicular skills on the challenging 4x4 roads in the area.
Whether you join a organized ride with your guide or venture out on your own, there's no shortage of exciting activities to choose from in Moab. Don't miss this opportunity to relax or indulge in adventure in this dynamic small town.
Day 6 - Moab, UT to Bluff, UT
Ascend prominent mountain ranges, discover abandoned mines and trace the paths of the early American Pioneers and Native Americans on the Old Spanish Trail from Moab to Monument Valley. There are many things to see, and excellent pavement and dirt riding throughout, but itineraries will vary depending on the season and weather conditions as some routes ascend to over 10,000 feet.
Day 7 - Bluff, UT to Boulder, UT
On day seven of the "Spirit of the Southwest" tour, you'll embark on a motorcycle spirit quest through the sacred lands of Native America.
Following the Trail of the Ancients, you'll cross the unpolluted and untouched Bears Ears National Monument, an area with no towns (or stoplights) until you reach the remote town of Boulder, Utah later in the evening.
The intimidating Moki Dugway and Burr Trail offer a challenging dirt ride through tight, ledgy switchbacks, so riders who are hesitant about these types of roads will be tested today.
Day 8 - Boulder, UT to Springdale, UT
Ride from subalpine forest to scorching desert to heaven-on-earth, through the sandstone arches and hoodoos of Scenic Byway 12, one of America's greatest roads. Get a glimpse of Bryce Canyon's hoodoos before an unforgettable descent of 2,600 feet into Zion National Park, where we’ll spend the night. Itineraries vary by season.
Day 9 - Springdale, UT to Las Vegas, NV
With stamina running low and familiar scenery ahead we will be returning to Las Vegas with little meandering. Your guide will have a few more surprises to challenge you, to be sure, and a visit to Valley of Fire State Park serves as a fitting conclusion.
Day 10 - Departure
Experiencing so much in the short span of a week-and-a-half you will likely welcome the comforts of home for a well-deserved rest. Safe travels.
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Minimum Essential Gear for RIDE Training
If you're planning to jump on a guided tour or training with RIDE Adventures, it's essential that you have the right gear. This helps to ensure your safety and the safety of others while on the road.
Not being properly prepared can lead to injuires that could have been avoided. Our guides have created a Minimum Essential Gear Guide if you plan to book a RIDE Adventures. If you don't come minimally prepared there is a chance our guides will prevent you from hopping on a bike. Make sure you're prepared for the adventure.
2019+ Honda CB500x
Another recent assertion by Honda Motorcycles into the Adventure Riding world, riders seeking a compact-sized adventure bike have been raving about the CB500X. With plenty of power emanating from the parallel-twin engine, and an agile disposition, everything from paved twisties to gravel, dirt, and sand can be conquered with this fun adventuring option. Starting in 2019 with the 19" front wheel, this bike has proven itself for us in places like Patagonia, and will be a great option for riders exploring beyond.
- Wet Weight - 430lbs
- Seat Height - 32.7 inches
- Fuel Capacity - 4.6 gal
471cc Parallel Twin
Honda Africa Twin
Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports
Honda Africa Twin CRF1100 (2020+)
Yamaha Ténéré 700
This highly-anticipated "masterpiece of value" has finally been released, giving dual sport adventure riders around the world one more incredible middle-weight adventure bike to choose from. With 73+ smooth, linear horsepower pouring through one of most beautiful exhaust notes out there, the Ténéré 700's unique anti-squat design puts that power into the ground, instead of into the rear shock. The result is one of the best handling, adventure bikes on the market, all backed by typical Yamaha-reliability. Take this agile machine on short trips or long, paved twisties or dirt roads, and know that this may be as close to the "perfect" adventure bike as we have seen in a while. With an attractive entry price, and corresponding rental rate, we expect the number of Ténéré 700's in our fleet operations to grow steadily and remain a factor for a long time.
34.4 in / 874mm
452 lb / 205kg